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Updated January 2, 2017
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  1. "Kearfott Corp Black Mountain NC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Black Mountain, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Kearfott for 8 years and held two positions there. The Black Mountain facility has a very good employee training program as they must maintain several certifications for their customers. The supervisors do actually listen to the employees. Safety is a big concern and employees must always wear correct PPE for the job they are doing. I left Kearfott for a higher paying job.

    Cons

    Raises are low and slow.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Getting better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Falls, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Falls, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are moving in the right direction. Since 2013, they've hired a new President, new Engineering Director, multiple new managers and a handful of engineers. The new way of thinking is starting to outweigh and replace the old. They are budgeting for more training, amping up college recruiting and participating in national conferences. They are focusing on making a comeback. If you are comfortable not having a lot of workplace luxuries in the short term and want to work somewhere where you can be part of an upswing and make an impact, this might be the place.

    Cons

    Many of the long-term employees/managers haven't worked elsewhere in decades and haven't seen how the engineering workplace has evolved in the outside world. To someone new coming in, this is a huge culture shock. Some managers like to keep information very close to prevent gossip and rumors, but this causes resentment and distrust among employees. There is no food service on-site (except for a food truck that stops by at lunch time). They start at 7:30am and everyone seems to take lunch from 12-1, athough more and more employees are pushing through this rigidity toward an "as long as you put in your hours" system more commonly found at other engineering firms. The engineers are in cubicles, and sometimes it can be hard to concentrate or be comfortable having anything but superficial conversations with other employees (everyone can hear you). There are no after-work clubs/groups.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making progress on the things listed above in the "pros" section. Other than that: add at least 5 more vacation days to offer packages in order to compete with other companies and get strong new hires. 15+ days is the norm that applicants are seeing in their offers from other companies. Focus on morale. Have managers meet with their groups regularly to communicate news from management meetings and keep employees feeling in-the-loop and respected. Paint the upstairs so employees feel inspired when they enter the engineering deck -- maybe the company logo or accent walls in "Kearfott blue." Throw out everything in the supply closet that has 1960s packaging and restock it once and for all. Have the engineers give internal seminars to share their knowledge and keep everyone aware of the multiple projects going on at the company. Strive to make all employees feel respected rather than distrusted; some of them have given good portions of their lives to the company, and after multiple degrees and decades of experience, they have earned an environment of mutual respect.


  3. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Little Falls, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Little Falls, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people. Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Terrible moral. Bad management. If you like political games, awful managers, little advancement opportunities, this is your company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers and allow them to lead. Gyros developed in the 30s are not cutting it anymore. There is a reason the company is losing contract bids after contract bids.


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  5. "Needs better leaders"

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    Current Employee - Assembly in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good honest people work there. Could be a good company again if the right person was in charge and the family would spend a little money.

    Cons

    "A bad manager (in this case, president) can take a great staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation". That's what's happening to us now. Good people getting hired that seem to know a lot about business and they leave because the president and owners don't trust them to do the job. President does not have business background and does not know how to motivate people. He knows so little about individual jobs and what it takes to do them that he lays off people that are needed to run the company. Then he wonders why we can't get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Find somebody that has run a business and made it work. Spend some money to give us good equipment and motivate us to do a good job for you. Criticizing us and taking more and more away doesn't make us want to do better. Keep the good people here that wanted to do a good job for you but you wouldn't let them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "When employment drops by 95%, there is a reason why it happens"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Little Falls, NJ
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Little Falls, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kearfott (More than a year)

    Pros

    Even though they don't pay well, they do pay.

    Cons

    Low Salaries, lack of promotion/opportunity, Lack of continued R&D leads to stagnant products and customers replacing Kearfott whenever possible.

    Advice to Management

    Get good managers and LISTEN TO THEM. Family management is not cutting it. You owned some of your markets and now competitors have taken much of it from you. Investing in your products is a costly choice but necessary of you want to stay in the business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Completely out of touch management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Black Mountain, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers. Great location.

    Cons

    Nepotism, favoritism, gender bias rampant. New Jersey management is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Company having a hard time transitioning to the third generation of family ownership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Black Mountain, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful location near Asheville, NC.

    Cons

    Huge, constant turnover in professional ranks, recent 25% layoff skimmed all the senior contributors. Management direction changes quarterly. Low pay scale in Asheville, NC area.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Great people, hardworking and genuinely care about the work they perform

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs over the past years


  10. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Few talented engineers bring lot of value than most!

    Cons

    Short sighted future vision and no growth potential, lack of modernization!


  11. "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, benefits are good

    Cons

    No future planning. Company seems to be happy just to get by.


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